Click the link below to listen to Alexandra Morales give her speech to at the 59th annual Inyo County Speech Contest. The speech is titled: Parkland, Columbine, Sandy Hook, Enough!
Inyo County Speech Contest Winners
submitted by Dr. Terry McAteer
March 25, 2016
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools is pleased to announce that Haley Yarborough of Round Valley School won first place at the 64th Annual Inyo County Speech Contest sponsored by Coldwell Banker and held on March 10th at Jill Kinmont Boothe School. The second place winner was Kylee Jorgensen also of Round Valley. Third place went to Bodie Steinwand from Big Pine School.
Each participating school held their own speech contest where one or two winning students in grades 6-8 were selected to compete at the county level. In addition to Steinwand, Joey Huston also represented Big Pine School. Clarissa Castro and Erik Martinez represented Owens Valley School and Mahdi Ayman represented Home Street Middle School. These seven students representing three schools in Inyo County were asked to address the question: “In your opinion, what questions should our presidential candidates address?” Students presented well-reasoned arguments addressing a variety of important issues facing our country today–the two mentioned most being climate control and the cost of higher education. An undercurrent in many of the speeches was a concern over the lack of leadership, action, and problem-solving among many of our nation’s politicians today.
“We should commend these students for their efforts,” said Superintendent Terry McAteer. “Public speaking is among the top fears among Americans, yet it is an important skill. I’m proud to see our students hone their skills and speak out.”
All speeches were evaluated on content and delivery by a panel of three, community judges: retired teacher Sandy Burns; Program Coordinator at Toiyabe Serena Johnson; and retired teacher and ICSOS board member Mary Kemp. Inyo County Superintendent of Schools heartily thanks these judges for their time and expertise.
ICSOS would also like to express gratitude to the school coaches for their time, effort and support for our students. The coaches were Melinda Darndenne-Ankringa of Big Pine School; Vivian Hanson of Owens Valley School; Joslyn Hernandez of Home Street Middle School; and Jennifer Morales from Round Valley School.
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INYO COUNTY SPEECH CONTEST WINNERS
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools is pleased to announce that Naiya Warren of Owens Valley School won first place at the 63rd Annual Inyo County Speech Contest held on March 12th at Jill Kinmont Booth School and sponsored by Coldwell Banker.
The second place winner was Steven Mather also of Owens Valley. Third place went to Arianna Pope from Home Street Middle School.
Each participating school held their own Speech Contest where one or two winning students were selected to compete in the Inyo County Speech Contest, open to students in grades 6-8. In addition to Mather and Warren, 8th grader Shawnau Johnson also represented Owens Valley. Estreya Federman, Taylor McCormick, and Haley Yarborough represented Round Valley. At the county speech contest, students were evaluated on speech content and delivery by a panel of three judges. These seven students representing three schools in Inyo County presented thought provoking and well-prepared speeches. “Should the National Park Service be recruiting more visitorship?” was the topic for the evening. If students took the position in favor of increased visitorship, they were required to indicate what would
increase visits from his or her age group and families. In preparation for the contest, students recalled personal experiences with National Parks and conducted research on various aspects of the National Parks including visitor statistics. Participating students took varying stances on the issue – some believing that a cap
should be placed on certain overly accessed parks while others felt that in order to preserve such treasures as Denali, Yellowstone and Yosemite the next generation needs to become familiar with the parks. Deputy Superintendent and speech contest judge Pamela Jones shared her perspective on the evening: “I found what the students were able to discover about our National Parks enlightening.” Jones and the judges were impressed with the
students’ obvious preparation, composure and content of their speeches. “The quality of the speeches this year was exceptional.”
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools would like to offer special thanks to the judges for their time and expertise: Lo-Inyo middle school teacher Bob Heist; Deputy Superintendent Pamela Jones; and retired teacher and ICSOS board member Mary Kemp. ICSOS would also like to express their gratitude to the school
coaches for all the time, effort and support they provide to our students: Meghan Fuchs, Vivian Hanson, and Jennifer Morales.